WELCOME to MICHIGAN

I hope you have a great time visiting us at Genealogy "Michigan" Trails. My name is Christine Walters and I'll be your Host. Lets all explore the places and areas of Michigan that our ancestors chose to settle in. This should prove to be an exciting journey, it will be fun, and along the way we will all get a better understanding of Michigan. It will be a step back in time as we get to know the people that created Michigan and formed it into the beautiful State it now is. I want to encourage anyone who has "Michigan" ties & connections to get in touch with me. We want to hear your stories and take advantage of your personal history of this wonderful State. I need your contributions and I especially need the old history, the information that you can find about all the pioneer families, and naturally - some of the Indian History that is so important to this State. I'm also looking for Obituaries, Biographies and County History.. just about everything is helpful.

I REGRET THAT I AM UNABLE TO DO PERSONAL RESEARCH FOR YOU.
I don't have the time or the resources.



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Some Michigan Information
The State of Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837.

The name "Michigan" is derived from a Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning "great water" and refers to the Great Lakes which hug the shores of the State. Michigan is said to have been first discovered around 1610 and inhabited by the Indians. In the mid 1700's it was claimed by the French - but was ceded to the British until the Revolution when it became part of the United States but we didn't take full possession of it until 1796 and shortly thereafter it became part of the Northwest Territory. Then from 1800 to 1805 it was connected with the Ohio and the Indian Territories. The first American settlers began settling in Michigan about 1796, coming from England but it was not until about 1818 that an appreciable amount of settlers was noticed. 1818 was the first public land sales and the work on the erie Canal attracted many. The completion of the Canal in 1825 added stimula to the immigrants. Its about this time that many came to work on the road construction heading toward Chicago. By 1840 the immigration increased to such an extent that about half of the southern peninsula was cultivated. From 1840 - 1890 there were tens of thousand of workers who came to work in the lumber and mining camps.

COUNTY LIST

ALCONA

ALGER

ALLEGAN

ALPENA

ANTRIM

ARENAC

BARAGA

BARRY

BAY
Host- Brenda Wiesner

BENZIE

BERRIEN

BRANCH

CALHOUN

CASS

CHARLEVOIX

CHEBOYGAN

CHIPPEWA
Host- Christine Walters

CLARE

CLINTON

CRAWFORD

DELTA

DICKINSON
Host- Mark Seeberg

EATON

EMMET

GENESEE

GLADWIN

GOGEBIC

GR. TRAVERSE

GRATIOT

HILLSDALE

HOUGHTON

HURON

INGHAM

IONIA

IOSCO

IRON

ISABELLA

JACKSON
Host-Jan Stypula

KALAMAZOO

KALKASKA

KENT

KEWEENAW

LAKE

LAPEER

LEELANAU

LENAWEE

LIVINGSTON

LUCE

MACKINAC
Host-Christine Walters

MACOMB

MANISTEE

MARQUETTE

MASON

MECOSTA

MENOMINEE

MIDLAND

MISSAUKEE

MONROE

MONTCALM

MONTMORENCY

MUSKEGON

NEWAYGO

OAKLAND

OCEANA

OGEMAW

ONTONAGON

OSCEOLA

OSCODA

OTSEGO

OTTAWA
Host- Brenda Wiesner

PRESQUE ISLE

ROSCOMMON

SAGINAW
Host- Brenda Wiesner

SAINT CLAIR

ST. JOSEPH

SANILAC

SCHOOLCRAFT

SHIAWASSEE

TUSCOLA

VAN BUREN

 

WASHTENAW

WAYNE
Host- Christine Walters

WEXFORD

 

IMPORTANT MICHIGAN INFORMATON

Alpha Sigma Fraternity

Early Michigan History

1840 PENSIONERS

Selected Biographies

Colleges & Universities

County Name Origins

County Information
Dates/County Seats/Origins

Courthouses
Addresses & Phone Numbers

Death Index 1897 - 1920

Dutch Settlements in Michigan

Early State History 1869

Eastman National College

Michigan Official State

Pioneer in Education

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor Class of 1858

1845 Message to Emigrants

Facts & Trivia

Michigan State Flag

Governors
Some with Biographies

Legislature
Back When It Meant Something?

Lighthouses

Milk Industry

Military
The War of 1812
The Civil War
The Civil War Dead
The Civil War (Harve Roach)
Reconstruction 1888
Korean Casualties
Iraq War Casualties
Michigan Soldiers Living In Iowa

News Articles

One Room Schoolhouse's
Hart School Tuscola

Postmarks From The Past
Paul E. Petosky

Prohibition Movement

State Information
Timeline - State Symbols

State News - 1822
State News - 1824
State News - 1869

Today in History

Tombstone Symbols

A Trip to Michigan 1841

Underground RR in Michigan

"Interesting"
Michigan Websites

The Winebago Visit D.C.

A Primer of Michigan History
By Wm. J. Cox 1886


The History of Michigan 1882

From "The History of Macomb County"
Chicago -- M.A. Leeson & Co. 1882

An Account Of Its Settlement, Growth, Development
And Resources; An Extensive And Minute Sketch Of Its Cities, Towns And Villages -- Their Improvements, Industries, Manufactories, Churches, Schools And Societies; Its War Record, Piographical Sketches, Portraits Of Prominent Men and Early Settlers; The Whole Preceded By A History of Michigan, Statistics Of The State, And An Abstract Of Its Laws and Constitution And Of The Constitution Of The United States

CHAPTER 1 & 2



HISTORY of the UPPER PENINSULA of MICHIGAN

A FULL ACCOUNT OF ITS EARLY SETTLEMENT; ITS GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES; AN EXTENDED DESCRIPTION OF ITS IRON AND COPPER MINES.
Transcribed by Debi Hanes

ALSO - ACCURATE SKETCHES Of its Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages,
THEIR IMPROVEMENTS, INDUSTRIES, MANUFACTORIES;
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT MEN
AND EARLY SETTLERS; VIEWS OF COUNTY SEATS, ETC.

CHICAGO:
The Western Historical Company.
A. T. Andreas, Proprietor. 1883.


MICHIGAN HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS
Volume 1

By Michigan Historical Commission
Michigan State Historical Society
Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society

First Social Reunion 24 June 1874



THE IRON HUNTER
by Chase S. Osborn The MacMillian Company, NY
The 1919 autobiography of Michigan governor Chase S. Osborn

Transcribed and Contributed by Mark Seeberg Florence County WI, Winnebago Co IL, and Dickinson Co MI

Chapters  1-15
Chapters 16-26
Chapters 27-40


BENCH AND BAR OF MICHIGAN
THE SUPREME COURT

Edited by Judges Samuel T. Douglas and Benjamin F. Graves 1897


MICHIGAN - NEW UPDATES

State News 2/8/2014
Bios: Wm. Woodbridge / Epaphroditus Ransom / Charles Croswell / Josiah Begole

Alcona Co 9/5/2013
Postcards from Paul: Lincoln Public School, Glennie and Lincoln

Alger Co 8/10/2013
Postcards from Paul: Alger, AuTrain, Christmas, Munising, Grand Marais, Chatham, Forest Lake,

Allegan Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Gilbert Larson Store - contributed by Paul Petosky

Alpena Co 10/19/2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Alpena,
Maharg Obits - from Kyle Condon

Antrim Co 12/14/2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Torch River, Elk Rapids, Bellaire, Mancelona

Arenac Co 2/8/2014
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Standish / AuGres
History of Arenac

Barry Co 12/14/2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Hickory Corners, Hastings, Middleville, Woodland, Dowling, Freeport, Frairieville

Bay Co 11/03/2013
News: http://genealogytrails.com/mich/bay/news/crime1.html
Postcards: http://genealogytrails.com/mich/bay/photos/photo5.html#drugstore
Crime News from Jim Dezotell
Many News articles from Nancy Piper
Picture of MI Central Depot & Freight Office in Pinconning from Paul Petosky
Bently Drug Store picture from Paul Petosky
New Query for BELLOR/TROMBLEY/GRIGGS
Gibson Twp 1890 Vet Census transcribed by Gary Wysocki
Chapter 3 - 16 of History of Bay Co., MI
Bios part 1 - 10 from History of Bay Co., MI
Index to Bios from Barb Yeagley
Bangor Twp 1890 Vet Census from Mary Love
Partial Bay City 1890 Vets from Mary Love
Merritt Twp 1890 Vet Census from Brenda Wiesner
Mount Forest Twp 1890 Vet Census from Brenda Wiesner

Benzie Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Beulah, Frankfor - contributed by Paul Petosky

Berrien Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Beulah, Frankfort, Elberta

Berrien Co 12/14/2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: New Buffalo, Watervliet, Niles, Three Oaks
Marriage - Eastabrooks to Farnum from Karen Fyock

Branch Co 9/5/2013
Obit: John Gray from Jim Dezotel
News articles from Jim Dezotell

Calhoun Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Albion, Battle Creek contributed by Paul
Obits: Jimmy Ginright - contributed by Anna Newell

Chippewa Co Host-Christine Walters 1/16/2014
Postcards from Paul Petosky
Brimley Main St., Paradise-Martins tavern, Raco CCC Camp, Eckerman-Raneys Service
OBITS: Betty Bakker, Lillian Wiser, Wilma Harper and Francis Teeple

Clare Co
11/11/2013: Postcards from Paul Petosky: Harrison DeLings/ Farwell Main St.
12/14/2013: Obit: Charles E. Rowe from Anna Newell

Clinton Co 9/5/2013
Obit: David Clark from Jim Dezotell
Postcards from Paul: St. Johns, Westphalia, Elsie, Maple Rapids, Fowler

Crawford Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Grayling, Lovells

Delta Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Elcanaba, Gladstone, Kipling, St. Martin Island - contributed by Paul

Dickinson Co Host-Mark Seeberg 3/12/2014
Obits: Edwin Branstrom, Maude Clapper, George Clapper
4 photographs and postcards contributed by Paul Petosy, UP historian, added--

Eaton Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul: Chester Post Office
Obits: Simmons, Swan
News & Gossip

Emmet Co 2/8/2014
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Petoskey // Harbor Springs // Alanson // Oden // Bay View

Genesee Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Atlas 1909 / Davison/ Flint Bryant Hotel
Bio of Andrew J. Ward
Obits: Lagatha Pearce

Gogebic Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Marenisco, Ironwood - contributed by Paul

Grand Traverse 2/8/2014
Bios: Moon and Heuman
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Traverse City Birds Eye View // Fire Dept.

Gratiot 8/10/2013
Postcards from Paul:Ithaca, Alma, Elwell
St. Louis Butcher from Jim Dezotell

Hillsdale Co 10/19/2013
Postcards from Paul -- Camden Main St. Bio: H.V. Weaver from Kim Torp

Houghton Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Calumet, Hubbell, Lake Linden - contributed by Paul
Obits: Benjamin Judkins - transcribed by Kim Mohler

Huron Co 03/17/2014
Postcards: Harbor Beach, Caseville, Bad Axe, Paw Paw - Contributed by Paul Petosky
Huron Co - Honor Roll WW 2 -- Contributed by Peggy Thompson

Ingham Co 3/17/2014
Death of Luther B. Baker - Contributed by Jim Dezotel
Postcard: Mason Mi - American house Hotel - contributed by Paul Petosky

Ionia Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Pewamo, Saranac, Portland, North Plains, Ionia, Orleans - From Paul Petosky
Marriage: Bawdish & Kimball Wilcox & Kimball - Contributed by Cathy Donelson

Iosco Co 10/19/2013
Some fantastic photos about the Tawas Inn from Tim Skutt -- He found these photo in a box of negatives that his ancestors left...
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Hotel Iosco, Long Lake, East Tawas, Hale, Oscoda Fire, Oscoda Bank Fire, East Tawas Bridge

Iron Co 11/11/2013
OBIT: Mrs. Gust Lither
Iron River - Carnival Week

Isabella Co 12/14/2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Blanchard, Sheppard, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant

Jackson Co Host-Jan Stypula 12/30/2013
Updates to obits, marriages, deaths, and lots of new newspaper data for the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Still have a few new pictures to put up in the next couple of days also.

Kalamazoo Co 2/8/2014
BIOS: WW 1 Honor Roll Bios -- Contributed by Barbara Connor

Keweenaw Co 2/8/2014
Postcards from Paul: Glacia Dome / Isle Royale / Johns / Eagle Harbor / Copper Harbot / Clifton Cliff

Kent Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Byron Center, Grandville, Cedar Springs, Ada - contributed by Paul

Lapeer Co 8/10/2013
OBIT: Edward Bradley from Jim Dezotell
Postcards: Lapeer City Hall, Imlay City Hi Speed, Imlay Cleveland House
Administration Building, 2nd Ward School, Imlay City PO

Leelanau Co 2/8/2014
Postcards from Paul: Suttons Bay, North Manitou Life Station, Glen Arbor Steamship
History of Leelanau

Lenawee Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Tecumseh and Morenci contributed by Paul

Livinston Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul: Powell, Pinckney
Pinckney Cem - Updated

Luce Co 10/19/2013
Postcards from Paul: Newberry, Soo Junction, McMillan

Mackinac Host-Christine Walters 1/16/2014
Postcards from Pal Petosky
Allenville Greetings, St. Ignace Courthouse, Les Cheneau , Engardine Church Cabin, Mackinac Bridge, The Old Fort
Cemeteries: Updated Woodlawn Cemetery

Macomb Co 10/19/2013
Barry Woodford from Elaine S. Woodford
Postcards from Paul Petosky: New Baltimore Bay Court, Selfridge Field, Romeo

Manestee Co 12/14/2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Manistee Iron Works

Marquette Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul: Hotel Superior, Michigamme, Cedarville, Champion, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Gwinn

Marquette Co 2/8/2014
Post Cards from Paul: Negaunee // Beacon // Gwinn //

Mason Co 2/8/2014
Obits: S.A. Tift - Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Bios: Herbert Johnson - Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Mescota Co 12/14/2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Mecosta, Remus, Big Rapids

Menominee Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul: Hermansville, Menominee, Powers, Cedar River, Daggett

Midland Co 10/19/2013
Postcard from Paul: Edenville School

Missaukee Co 3/17/2014
Postcard: Falmouth Bank Contributed by Paul Petosky

Monroe Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Carleton, Dundee and Cone - Contributed by Paul Petosky

Montcalm Co 3/17/2014
Postcards; Carson City, Six Lakes, Coral, Sheridan, Edmore - contributed by Paul

Montgomery Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Lewiston and Hillman - contributed by Paul

Muskegon Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul: Lakewood, Montague, Muskegon

Newaygo Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Class of 1904, White Cloud and Grant - contributed by Paul

Oakland Co 10/19/2013
Beebe Cemetery - contributed by Barbara Conner
Brookins Cemetery - contributed by Barbara Conner
Postcards from Paul: Walled Lake, Oxford, Rochester, Orion, Birmingham, Wixon 1909 and Cass Lake Room
OBIT: Bernice Wood from Anna Newell

Oceana Co 10/19/2013
NEWS - L.A. McIntyre from Jim Dezotell
Postcards: Little Point Sable, Hart, Pentwater, Shelby, Little Point, Pentwater

Ogemaw Co 2/8/2014
Postcards from Paul: Shady Shore / Lupton / Rose City / West Branch / Horton
History of Ogemaw Co
Bio: Daniel Markey

Ontonagon Co 9/05/2013
Postcards from Paul: Rockland, Ontonagon, Bergland

Osceola Co 2/8/2014
Postcards from Paul: Reed City / Evart / Tustin / Sears /
History of Osceola

Oscoda Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Mio and Commins - Contributed by Paul Petosky

Otsego Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Gaylord and Elmira - contributed by Paul

Ottawa Co 3/16/2014
Postcards of Zeeland MI

Presque Co 8/10/2013
Postcards: Rogers Post Office, Metz Main St, Metz 1920, Presque Isle School, Rogers City Residence P.H. Hoeft, Onaway Public School

Roscommon Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul: Prudenville, Roscommon, St. Helen

Sanilac Co 1/5/2014
Postcards from Paul: Marlette, Croswell, Carsonville, Applegate, Port Sanilac
History of Watertown
Bios: McClure, Babcock

Schoolcraft Co 3/17/2014
Obits: Shirley Walters contributed by Karen Gould Norman
Postcards: Manistque, Blaney Park contributed by Paul

Shiasassee Co 12/14//2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Perry, Durand, Morrice, Vernon, Bancoft, Byron
BIOS: Byron Pardon Hicks

St. Clair Co 3/17/2014
Postcards: Memphis, Capac, Goodells, Marine City
1883 Pensioners -- Transcribed by Michele Jackson

St. Joseph Co 2/8/2014
Postcards from Paul: White Pigeon / Three Rivers / Constantine / Burr Oak /

Van Buren Co 3/17/2014
Obits: Louis Vaughn - Contributed by Anna Newell
Bios: Chaffee, Stanley and Dunton

Washtenaw Co 11/11/2013
Postcards from Paul Petosky: Manchester / Dexter / Ann Arbor / Milan / Chelsea / Saline / Salem / Whitmore Lake /Ypsilanti
OBIT: J. Frederick Weurth
History of Staebleer & Wuerth Business

Wayne Co Host-Christine Walters 1/16/2014
Postcards from Paul Petosky:
Detroit Baking Co, Palmer Park Depot // Plymouth Main St. / Wayne Depot, Ecorse Post office/ NorthvilleVillage Hall and Theatre / New Boston Crystal Falls Pk.
OBITS:
Charles Auringer - contributed by Colleen Breeden // August Ortmeier contributed by Karen Fyock
BIOS:
Moloney, Tapert, Thielman and Newman

Wexford Co 10/19/2013
Postcards from Paul: Cadillac Ice Store 1922 and Cadillac Opeera House 1909


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Please visit our Volunteer Information Page for the details, then take a peek at Michigan's County Co-Ordinator & Adoption Page to see whats available. If you see a county you'd like to have, take the next step and get in touch with Kim Torp who will set you on the trail to a very rewarding and fun adventure.
If you'd like to adopt a "State" just check the State Pages to see whats available.

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Here Under The Oaks July 6th, 1854, Was Born
- The Republican Party -
Destined In The Throes of Civil Stribe
To Abolish Slavery Vindicate Democracy And Perpetual The Union
Photo by Thornton Jackson County MI 4 June 1910 - contributed by Paul Petosky

Historical Marker - Under The Oaks -

On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson to found a new political party. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had been published two years earlier, causing increased resentment against slavery, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of May, 1854, threatened to make slave states out of previously free territories. Since the convention day was hot and the huge crowd could not be accommodated in the hall, the meeting adjourned to an oak grove on "Morgan's Forty" on the outskirts of town. Here a state-wide slate of candidates was selected and the Republican Party was born. Winning an overwhelming victory in the elections of 1854, the Republican party went on to dominate national parties throughout the nineteenth century."

NW corner, Second and Franklin streets, Jackson; Under the Oaks (Birthplace of the Republican Party) informational site; S15; February 18, 1956; 1972

Backgrounds By Marie